“Given Enough Rope” And More Poetry by C. Mesler

Abandoned Cities 3 by Edward Michael Supranowicz / In Parentheses

Corey Mesler has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Five Points, Good Poems American Places, and New Stories from the South. He has published over 20 books of fiction and poetry. With his wife he runs Burke’s Book Store (est. 1875) in Memphis.

Artwork by Edward Michael Supranowicz


A headache the size and shape
of Milwaukee
and it’s sunny and cold
in Memphis
where I sit like a deposed author
who used to know
so much about the heart and its
messages, incoming and outgoing.

Given enough rope

Given enough rope
we could all hang
ten; we could all
find a way to the
monkey’s den. And
once there we could
all fall in love. It would
be that kind of apocalypse.

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In Parentheses Magazine (Volume 7, Issue 3) Winter 2022

By In Parentheses in IP Volume 7

32 pages, published 1/15/2022

The Winter 2022 issue of In Parentheses Literary Magazine. Published by In Parentheses (Volume 7, Issue32)
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